We have changed the scarce and "rustic" breakfast options of our first part of the trip through a city where in each corner you find a corner with some more appetizing buns than the previous one. However, our first ferry to Manley leaves in a few minutes, and we almost have to wear it (10.25 AUD). Ready Paula?
We are not very clear at this time in the morning if it will give us time, but in our stay on Uepi Island, Danielle (the nice Australian of the group we had dinner with every night) He recommended us try to visit Manley and Watson Bay. They are not connected with the same ferries but the routes are short so we will try to visit them (we take the 1-day voucher, which goes better, for 21 AUD each), and with them some more surprises ...
The temperature barely exceeds 16ºC at the hottest hour of the day, which will be around 8 or 9ºC at this first hour, but getting on the Wharf 3 to the ferry that goes to Manley and being able to see for the first time the true icons of Sydney, its Bridge and its OperaWell, it can be paid with a cold.
The journey to Manley lasts just 30 minutes, and crosses a bay with multiple small sub-bays full of really pretty little villages. Manley is one of them, and next to Bondi, it is one of the two most important beaches in Sydney.
Manley emerges from the ambition of Captain Arthur Philip and his history with the aborigines, but it is in the decade of the 1850s when Henry Gilbert Smith was established as a spa town establishing the first regular steamboat services with Sydney.
Today, Manley It is a tourist town even in winter, whose main pedestrian street that separates the "landing area" and the beach has all kinds of souvenir and gift shops, restaurants and more services. His name is Corsican.
The Manley Beach It is really beautiful, with fine white sand, open sea perfect for surfers, or for people practicing sports (which is seen today taking advantage of the weekend), take ice cream, eat in the variety of restaurants or walk, since Sydney's southern winter does not differ much from that of A Coruña, with a mild and even good weather on sunny days like today.
Manley was in fact one of the precursor beaches of the bath already at the beginning of the 20th century, when William Gocher announced by hype and saucer in the newspapers that he would do so and no charges were filed against him. We did not understand history too well, but we believe it was an important moment that freed the right to bath in the country.
Back to Corsican, a flea market has been set up in the streets transverse to the main one. But not just any market, here they have an exquisite taste (in our opinion) for decorative objects, bracelets, necklaces, bags, etc ... We can not resist and something falls to the pull (95 AUD). Ainsss
The protected part of the population, where the jetty is located, is very different and much more traditional. Here there is a small residential neighborhood, a small protected beach where people go kayaking and a nice walk, although it is not so exploited tourist. It is definitely worth it too. From here, back to the ferry, after goodies for Paula in a really private shop at the jetty itself (8.55 AUD)…
It's already around 12'00 in the morning, and the sun leaves the prettiest image of the entrance to the Sydney Bay…
There the two symbols or icons of the city remain perennial, precious, like welcoming that Skyline that at night illuminated does not envy anything to others seen previously as that of Hong Kong. The first to receive us is the wonderful architecture of the Sydney Opera House, an image that we all have stored in our retinas when we think of this city of Australia ...
On the other hand there is an immense bridge over the bay that connects the financial center of the city with the north coast with a beautiful arch
The passage through the springs / fingers of Circular Quay is almost fleeting, just from wharf3 to wharf4, to set course in a much more modern ferry to Watson Bay in just 28 minutes (and with 3 stops along the way), at a speed we had never traveled before on any vessel. It is incredible to see that with all the traffic that occurs at the maritime entrance to the city they are handled with incredible ease.
Our destination is Watson Bay, a small town recognized as the oldest in Sydney (established in 1788) and is one of the two "heads" that separate the Tasmanian Sea from Sydney's own bay.
From the jetty there is a small climb through Robertson Park that takes us directly to a special place in this place, called Gap Bluf
Here we find a truly incredible landscape, especially its views where we can see sharp cliffs that fall vertically towards the ocean and that has a sad chapter every year in the anecdotes of the Australian country, since there is an average of 50 annual suicides here. It is not for less! There is no one here to fail ...
As we come from visiting two great places of World War II of the battles of the Pacific as they are the battle of Tarawa and the battle of Guadalcanal, we couldn't stop naming Watson Bay as a vitally important place in Sydney Harbor defenses, and here is the strategy designed to prevent enemy submarines from entering and this was achieved when on May 31, 1942 three Japanese submarines tried and perished in their efforts.
But we go to what we like (right Jose?), Good eating. We do not know if Australia is like that, but of course Sydney is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITIVE for someone like us (confirmed, here everything is worth 3 times the same as in Spain). Still we don't resist not stopping at the famous Doyle on the beach, a restaurant on the edge of the beach of the main jetty with a lot of history and with excellent food and services.
Fish, oysters, mussels, crabs, lobsters, meat, potatoes, all kinds of wines, own beer and, above all, with fresh food, make this place an experience for any traveler or for the "sydneños" who finally On the week they come to "spend their highest purchasing power." We have to "settle" with a plate of squid, some delicious prawns and some beers for !! 77 AUD !! (There are trays of "varied seafood" for 150 AUD that have a pint ... ufss)
With "something" less weight in the pocket we return to the Sydney we like, to the city where many Asians mingle with light-skinned Australians, people of all kinds, pints and tastes and even some "aboriginal" and "bird" rare, at this time filling the streets that lead to The Rocks. A coffee (4 AUD)?
Although we have already been through many times The Rocks Yesterday and today, we can't help stopping by whenever we can. In addition to the history that this area has of the most authentic and beautiful we have seen, this area It includes 33 galleries, museums and art institutions, as well as a multitude of offers of aboriginal, modern works of art, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, textiles... and we have an eye on one of them, but for now we have not decided.
Today they also have mounted another good taste market, which once again misses us on the way to our next destination ...
... and this new destination is the great surprise that Isaac has prepared for Paula and that is unknown until now. As we have been near the Opera today, but we will try to see her tomorrow, today she has been insisting that she would love to go over the bridge and see the views from it. And why not from the top?
The great icon of the city, the Sydney Bay Bridge, has an experience called Bridge Climb in which in small organized groups, with prepared equipment and harnesses it allows to climb to the top of it seeing the most spectacular views with which we could dream. What do you say Paula?
!! Here we go !! The first thing we do is sign that we do not suffer from diseases and other contingencies, to move on to give and explain all our equipment, and leave the belongings and possible objects that could fall stored in a "locker". Chambergo, coat, flashlight, hats, gloves, harnesses, radio with helmets to hear the explanations, ... do we wear everything? (From this moment the photos are not ours, but of the instructor).
Are around 17'00 when we started to cross the lattices that take us to one of the stirrups and the main tower, surpassing between railings (we are at all times well protected, it does until old people), the first residential neighborhoods and some luxurious hotel that another, from the air. From there we climbed steep stairs. We are in the arch, and we are seeing A BEAUTIFUL EVENING.
On the other side is the Sydney Opera House, between reddish clouds with the sun already hidden on the horizon. The city begins to turn on its first lights, those of its most important skyscrapers. Cars look like ants from here
"Do you like Paula?" "!! Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !! Although you won't see me any more for these heights, hahaha ..."
Finally, after almost 1 hour, we arrived at highest point of the bridge. Do not feel vertigo at any time, and the views ... we have adjectives ?. We are on a bridge of 1149 meters, with a navigation space below 49 meters and with an arch that rises about 134 meters that give us the best views of the city. It supports 8 car lanes, 2 railway lines and a bike path.
The night begins to fall on the city, and every time it hits more wind and cold. With us we carry a kind of "bathrobes" tied to the back that is time to use. It is also time to begin our descent, as more groups come after us (they must take out a paste with the Eastern Tinglao) and we cannot make them wait.
Before going back down the stairs of the tower and returning to the base to leave all the equipment, the night has taken the city, and the buildings, the Opera, and the Bridge itself over the Bay, also sometimes called Port Jackson, since it is a natural harbor from which the city of Sydney and its surroundings was born and which, in our opinion, is one of the most beautiful cities we have seen in our Travel around the world.
But the day will not end here. We have learned that there are some small fireworks today in a place where we planned to go tomorrow. Why not approach dinner there? The base of the Bridge Climb is located 5 minutes from our hotel, where we stop to take warm clothes and leave weight, and to 20-minute walk from Darling Harbor, which is beautiful at this time of night.
Darling Harbor is a beautiful recreation and leisure dock Currently, although 20 years ago it was just an old shipyard. Today there are all kinds of restaurants, museums, one of the most important aquariums in the world, cinemas, ... A real! Leisure port! where we sat for dinner on the terrace of a beautiful Italian with the stove burning (72 AUD) and looking at the water. !! The fires begin !!
You can't say we didn't kick today at ease. If the islands were too small, hehehe. The decision to stay 6 days remains firm. We will continue exploring this beautiful city.
Discarded Nauru, we have no more preparations in sight until the day before Brisbane. Today and tomorrow kick Sydney, Monday to Canberra, Tuesday on the march and Wednesday to Brisbane.
Is time to return to the hotel (by taxi, we cannot with our feet, for 11.10 AUD). The day now if it doesn't work anymore. Family, friends, readers ... we eat well, we are great and !! no! (even if you insist), we don't want to come back. Many bicos for everyone
Isaac and Paula, from Sydney (Australia)
EXPENSES OF THE DAY: 224.90 AUD (approx. 195.57 EUR) and GIFTS: 95 AUD (approx. 82.61 EUR)